Monday, February 8, 2021

Music History Today: February 9, 2021

February 9, 1964: The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 

It was 57 years ago; nearly 73 million people were watching when “The Ed Sullivan Show” went on the air and The Beatles took over music forever.

The Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan color photo February 9, 1964
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, fresh from Liverpool, England, kicked off the first of three Sunday appearances on the variety on Feb. 9, 1964. 

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February 9, 1959: Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" hit Number 1 for the first of four weeks.

Like previous #1-hit subject Tom Dooley, Stagger Lee was a real person.  

Lloyd Price black and white publicity photo portrait
Lloyd Price

Lee Shelton was a St. Louis pimp and gambler who, in 1895, killed a man named Billy Lyons in a barroom argument, possibly because Lyons took Shelton’s hat and wouldn’t give it back. Shelton became a folkloric figure almost immediately; there were songs about the murder as early as 1897. “Stagger Lee” became a folk-blues standard, one that took various forms and told different versions of the story of the murder. And in 1959, the New Orleans R&B singer and former Army serviceman Lloyd Price took one of those versions to #1. 
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February 9, 1963: Paul and Paula's "Hey Paula" hit Number 1 for the first of three weeks.

Released in 1962, “Hey Paula” is an American standard love song recorded and popularized by the duo Paul & Paula.

Paul & Paula black and white publicity portrait 1963
Paul & Paula

On February 9, 1963, the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, it charted at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. 
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February 9, 1974: Hall & Oates first appeared on the chart with their debut single "She's Gone."
Released on the 1973 album, Abandoned Luncheonette, the soaring and forlorn ballad, “She’s Gone,” is one of the more personal songs for the popular and platinum-selling 1970s soul duo, 

Daryl Hall & John Oates color publicity photo
Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates. Written in the group’s upper eastside New York City home apartment, “She’s Gone” was inspired by real heartbreak and buoyed by the comradery of deep friendship that’s often needed to get over a pain in order to move forward with life.  
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February 9, 1985: Don Henley peaked at Number 5 with "The Boys Of Summer."

Tom Petty's rejection of a demo made by Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell paved the way for Don Henley to record one of his biggest solo hits, 1984's "The Boys of Summer." 

Don Henley live in concert with sitting down with guitar
Don Henley

On Brian Koppelman's podcast The Moment, Campbell said he had created the demo with a new Linn drum machine, complete with all the chords and the guitar parts but no words. He played it at his house for Petty and producer Jimmy Iovine, both of whom were underwhelmed. 

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The Ed Sullivan Show 1964
The Beatles

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